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Gary Locke Weighs In on Russian Election Hacking, U.S.-China Diplomacy and More

The former Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Ambassador to China shares his thoughts in a live interview.

December 16, 2016


Former Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke weighs in

Gary Locke served two terms as Washington’s governor. He then joined the Obama Administration, first as Secretary of Commerce and then as U.S. Ambassador to China. In a Vote 2016 conversation with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna, he shares his thoughts and concerns about reports that Russian hackers sought to tilt the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump and that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in those actions. Locke also reflects on President-elect Donald Trump’s breaking of the “One China Policy” by bypassing Mainland China and contacting the president of Taiwan, raising serious diplomatic concerns between the U.S. and China. Locke says the China relationship is crucial for numerous reasons; of particular concern are possible impacts on trade that could adversely affect Washington State, the most trade-dependent state in the country. 

President Obama touches on Russian election hacking in a year-end news conference

On Friday, President Barack Obama warned against turning Russian hacking in the United States into a “political football” and said he hoped his successor, Republican Donald Trump, will take foreign influence in American elections seriously once he takes office.



Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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